How Can I Estimate the Extent of Fire Damage?
One thing that all fires have in common is that no ones sees them coming until it is too late. When you get caught dealing with the aftermath of fire damage the last thing you want to do is to pay any more money than you have to fix damage property or to replace lost possessions. In order to prevent the loss of any further money to the destruction of a fire, it is important to take certain steps in estimating the extent of fire damage to your property.
Document Damaged Property
Most people are devastated by a fire and only want to get their life back to normal. In result of this often times people try to clean things up or move things around before documenting damage of a fire. Before you make any changes to your home you should do two things. First call your insurance company and then take detailed documents of the damages. One of the best ways to document the damages to your home is to take excessive pictures of every part of your home affected by the fire. If you lost your camera in the fire you can go out and buy a cheap disposable camera to take the pictures. We also advise taking written notes while you go through your home taking pictures of the fire damages. This way if your memory becomes clouded after the event you will have a first-hand account of what the extent of the damages were.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Often times damages can be documented on your own while waiting for your insurance agent to come to assess the damages of the property. An insurance agent will be able to give you a good estimate on how much it will cost to repair your home back to its original state. This includes rebuilding walls, structural damage and even smoke damage. One thing that is important to take note of is the possessions that were lost in the fire. Often time’s people forget to take the time to write down damaged possessions and lose out on this money in the insurance claim. When working with your insurance agent it is important to remember that they are there to help you and to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have at the time. In taking these steps to appropriately estimate the extent of fire damage to your property you will be on your way to getting your life back to normal.
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